Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date of Birth: November 23, 1970
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish
Oded Fehr is an Israeli actor. He has starred in The Mummy and Resident Evil films, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and the series Sleeper Cell, among many other projects. In these roles and others, he has played, Arab, Hispanic, French, and Israeli characters.
He is the son of Gila (Lachmann/Lachman), who was born in Kiryat Chaim, Haifa, and Uri/Ury Ernst Fehr, who was born in Jerusalem. His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish and Sephardi Jewish descent, and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. His father’s family was from Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, and Bosnia, and his maternal grandparents’ families were from Germany and the Netherlands, respectively.
Oded is married to American, Rhonda Tollefson, with whom he has three children.
Among Oded’s paternal ancestors are Yitzhak Haim Farhi, who was born, c. 1782, in Safed, Tzfat, North District, Israel, and Rabbi Eliezer Papo, Pele Yoetz, who was born, c. 1786, in Sarajevo, Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina.
Oded’s paternal grandfather was named Joachim/Hans Fehr/Peher. Hans was evidently born in Germany.
Oded’s paternal grandmother was Miriam Bolisa Shaltiel (the daughter of Meshulam Bochor/Behor Menashe Shaltiel/Saltiel and Sarah Ashkenazi). Miriam was born in Jerusalem, to a Sephardi family. Meshulam was born in Pirot, Serbia, Yugoslavia, the son of Abraham/Avraham Saltiel/Shaltiel and Tamara, who were born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sarah was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of Isaak/Yitzhak Ashkenazi, who had roots in Larissa, Greece, and Istanbul, Turkey; and of Rivka/Rivkah Efraim.
Oded’s maternal grandfather was Heinz Chanoch Lachmann (the son of Georg Lachmann and Paula Dörnberg/Doernberg). Heinz was born in Eschwege, Germany. Georg was from Lissa (now Leszno), Posen. Paula was born in Eschwege, the daughter of Albert Dörnberg/Doernberg, from Plaue, Thüringen, and of Cilly Dinkelspühler, from Fürth.
Oded’s maternal grandmother was Claire Ullmann (the daughter of David Ullmann and Alice Steinberg). Claire was born in The Hague, Netherlands. David was born in Rödingen, Titz, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the son of Philipp Jacob Ullmann and Helene Ehrlich. Oded’s great-grandmother Alice was born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, and died in the Holocaust in 1944, in Auschwitz.
Sources: Genealogy of Oded’s paternal grandmother, Miriam Shaltiel (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Oded’s maternal grandfather, Heinz Chanoch Lachmann (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Oded’s maternal great-grandmother, Paula Dörnberg/Doernberg – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Oded’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com